|John Wayne in his P-40|
|Donna Reed and Montgomery Clift|
Set in Hawaii in the weeks leading up to the attack, this classic features Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift as the toughest-but-most-vulnerable soldiers in the army. They love the service, and they want to be loved back. Is that so wrong?
Tora! Tora! Tora!
|Sô Yamamura as Admiral Yamamoto|
|The attack begins|
Every line of dialog in this Michael Bay-directed film sounds like a paraphrased chapter of a history book ("All we have to worry about here is sabotage, so we've bunched our planes together to make them easier to protect.") or a parody of romantic clichés ("I'm gonna give Danny my whole heart, but I don't think I'll ever look at another sunset without thinking of you."). It's a paint-by-numbers period melodrama whose colors drip all over the CGI-enhanced fantasy of actual events, though if you can sit through the first hour and a half you will eventually see Pearl Harbor blown up Bay-style, which I guess is something.
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
|Spencer Tracy as James Doolittle|
Remembering D-Day, Hollywood-style
Remembering the Doolittle Raid, Hollywood-style